Our Mission

Through this ministry, we are conduits to see God’s love transform lives. We advocate promoting restorative justice and disciple people affected by incarceration with Biblical principles, teaching them how to reenter society and live out these principles in their home, church, workplace, and community.

Our Story

Women with a heart to see lives restored met as a group of jail ministry volunteers. We all felt passionate about helping people after incarceration. As we were seeking to find resources for them, we realized there was a huge need for housing, training, clothing, and spiritual formation. With a recidivism rate of 86% in our surrounding rural county jails and a recidivism rate of nearly 50% in our state prisons, we decided to turn our vision into a mission.

Meet the Team

But my life means nothing to me. My only goal is to finish the race. I want to complete the work the Lord Jesus has given me. He wants me to tell others about the good news of God’s grace. -Acts 20:24

Lindsay Holloway

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Founder & Executive Director

Lindsay Holloway lived a life of addiction and incarceration for over 8 years. Since being set free from these life-controlling issues, she is driven to shine a light to lead people to Jesus’ transformative love. She has been sharing her testimony and serving in ministry for over 8 years in jails, prisons, schools, and churches. While serving in the Putnam County Jail Ministry for Life Church as the Women’s Leader, she and other volunteers felt God calling them to do more. Out of this stirring, Lindsay, her husband Derek, and other volunteers began a connect group at Life Church to disciple men and women coming out of incarceration and addiction. Next, Lindsay founded This is Living Ministries, a   501(c)3 organization that offers a 12-month re-entry residential home for women coming out incarceration from the Tennessee Department of Corrections, and currently serves as the executive director in Cookeville, TN. She also partners with other nonprofits such as the Beacon Center of Tennessee, ERLC, and Prison Fellowship as an advocacy speaker for criminal justice reform policies. One of her passions is to remove the barriers for those coming out of incarceration to have a real second chance. She lives in Baxter, TN with her husband, Derek, who is an ordained minister, singer, and musician, and their daughter Morgan Holloway. Together they own One Son's Carpentry and Woodworking.

Rose Spagnola


Treasurer of the Board

Rose is the owner of two businesses, Alvina Business Services, a full-service bookkeeping practice, and Emerald Rose Productions, aka: The Drone Lady, a commercial videography/photography business in Cookeville. She has served on numerous boards throughout the years as well as helped several non-profits and churches with their books. Rose and her husband were specialized foster parents for 11 years and helped raise over 55 children during that time. They have 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren. Both Rose and her husband are also actively involved in jail ministry through Life Church.

Kayla Dillon

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Member of the Board

Kayla Dillon was born and raised in Cookeville, TN and is an affiliate broker with eXp Realty. She has a beautiful son. Kayla attends and volunteers for This is Living, a small group of those coming out of incarceration and addiction. Kayla is looking forward to serving as a board member of This Is Living Ministry.

Barbie Cook

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Member of the Board

Barbie Cook was raised in Cookeville, Tn, after her family relocated from Kentucky. Her experiences with social work, law enforcement, coaching community sports, working in the local school system, non profit organizations, and church have enabled her to work in different settings. These experiences have inhibited her abilities to relate and connect with people. Behind this strong woman is an amazing God and family, her husband and two children. They are God's biggest blessings in her life.

Amy Durfee

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Member of the Board

Amy is a TN native and stay at home mom to 3 boys. She and her husband David of 22 years live on a farm in Sparta, TN where they raise all kinds of animals. Amy serves on the women’s ministry leadership team at Life Church and also leads a small group of women in recovery from addiction. She teaches several classes at This Is Living Ministries and her driving heart’s desire is to see the residents develop a deep understanding of who they are in Christ.

Derek Holloway


Ministry Pastor

Derek serves as Head Pastor for This is Living Ministries. During his 6 years of incarceration at the TN Department of Corrections, Derek learned to sing, song write and play guitar. He has written enough songs to produce three albums. He has served on the worship team at Life Church for 3 years. Derek, also, went through 1780 hours of training in carpentry and woodworking with three different certificates board of education approved while incarcerated. He now uses those skills to run a successful small business, One Son's Carpentry & Woodworking. This business is used to disciple and train prodigal children in ministry and a trade. He is a licensed and ordained minister through United Christian Bible Institute. Together, Derek & his wife Lindsay, lead and guide the vision of This is Living Ministries.